Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mid Year Appreciation

Time flies when you are having fun and our gorgeous big girl has certainly had her fair share of fun over the last semester at Kindy.
It was a big change for her, and the whole family really. Stella has grown and developed so much over the past 5 months or so, its been quite amazing to watch.
The things she is saying now (some of them not so great, not swearing or anything but the usual " you're not my friend anymore, I don't want to play with you anymore" to Max and Lacey :( ) that sort of business, but also the new words, letter recognition and writing, songs, sayings, knowledge, and the biggest change has been to her self esteem.
As hard as it is for us to think ( and all who know our gorgeous girl well) , she NEVER EVER stops talking at home, she is loud, excited and quite confident, in the comfort of her own home.
At school, she is a different girl. She is quiet, withdrawn and does not say a lot.
However her teachers have said she has started to come out of her shell, she holds conversation and is engaging in active play. Just what a mother wants to hear. (especially one that has never really had problems with being shy!!)

Stella has always loved school, she loves crafting and painting. Loves colouring in, loves playing with her little friends, and most of all, she loves her teachers.
So I wanted to show them how much we have appreciated all their hard work, over the first semester. I know that it is customary to only give thank yous at the end of the school year, however I think it is pretty safe to say that Early Childhood teachers, work their butts off and these ladies care for our precious girl 3 days a week!!
It doesn't have to be a big present, nor expensive, but just something to show your appreciation and kick start their holidays off on the right foot!

So I set to creating some simple tags using some black doilies , scrap pieces of paper and bakers twine , for the packages (just simple brown paper sand which bags)

Baked up a storm, and packed a few pieces in each bag and tied with some bakers twine and small tags, showing what they were.
I made a yummy fruit cake , sugar free and yummy! Instead of using Mangoes, I used peaches.
And also the most requested treat in our home, choc chip cookies.

The tags were stamped inside, saying the customary "thank you" and a little note to each teacher.

They were well received, Stella LOVED giving them to her teachers and felt so proud! Even better, they were so cheap but perfect to show just how much you appreciate everything they do for your little one.


  1. as a early childhood educator I am so greatful to you for showing your apreciation to you daughters educators. A simple thank (even just in words) can do wonders for an educator.

  2. Such a fabulous idea, I will HAVE to remember this one.

  3. Oh, you are SUCH a good soul!

    And Stella seems like an absolute sweetheart, I have such a soft spot for the shy ones, being a former (& still sometimes) shy kid myself :)

    LOVE this idea! x


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